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Discuss the depiction of Isabella in Measure for Measure.

Isabella is depicted as a novice nun who is obsessed with her own piety and purity. Ironically, her fastidious avoidance of sin results in her being guilty of spiritual pride, one of the most serious sins of all.

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Isabella's first appearance in Measure for Measure quickly establishes her character. Francisca, one of the nuns in the order she aspires to join, has been explaining to he the privileges she will enjoy, and Isabella asks if there are any others. Then she explains:

Yes, truly; I speak not as desiring more;
But rather wishing a more strict restraint
Upon the sisterhood, the votarists of Saint Clare.

Isabella's religious zeal makes her seem a picture of perfect purity to some but a...

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